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  • Los Angeles County Metropolitan Transportation Authority OPPORTUNITY GREEN CONFERENCE University of California Los Angeles November 17, 2007 Tim Lindholm, R.G. Director of Capital Projects, Metro
  • About Los Angeles Metro • Over 2,200 peak-hour weekday buses • 73.1 miles of subway and light rail • Freeway service patrol • Planner, Builder, Operator, and Funding Agency for County • $3 billion annual budget 2
  • Sustainability at Metro…… Largest fleet of clean air CNG buses in the nation….. 3
  • Sustainability at Metro…… Metro recently completed our first facility built in accordance with LEED Building Standards…….. 4
  • Sustainability at Metro…. Metro has built the largest solar generation facility in the transit business…….. 5
  • What has Metro Accomplished? It worked out so well we just finished our second one…… 6
  • Sustainability at Metro……. And we will start our third in January 2008, our biggest yet at 1 megawatt of power 7
  • Sustainability at Metro…… We retrofitted all escalators with power-saving motor controllers to save energy costs….. 8
  • Sustainability at Metro……. Metro is aggressively developing transit-oriented development projects at our transit stations….. 38 proposed developments and counting……. 9
  • Sustainability at Metro…… We are reaching out to the public and marketing our services……. 10
  • Sustainability at Metro…… Metro designed, built, and is expanding one of the largest transit systems in the nation…….. 11
  • Map of Metro Rail System 12
  • Under Construction •Directly connects to Gold Line •Six miles long with eight new stations •Started construction in 2004 •Union Station to Beverly/Atlantic •Complete in Late 2009 13
  • Under Construction •Connects Metro Exposition Line Downtown to Santa Monica •Parallels 10 freeway •Phase I started 2006 and will complete late 2010 •Phase II to Santa Monica in Planning and will be complete 2015. 14
  • Design/EIR Phase Metro Orange Line Chatsworth Extension •North Hollywood to Chatsworth •Extension of existing Busway from Warner Center •Terminates at Chatsworth Transit Center •Planned Opening in 2012 15
  • Metro System Map in 2015 16
  • Future Rail/Bus Corridor Planning “Subway to the Sea” Downtown Connector Crenshaw/Prairie Gold Line Extension to Montclair 17
  • But there is still bad news…… LA still has the worst And we still have the traffic in the nation….. worst air quality in the nation…….. 18
  • Peak Oil Peak Oil production is expected some time this decade: Transportation is totally reliant on fossil fuels 19
  • Energy Consumption by Mode Last Revised: October 2004 Source: U.S. Department of Energy, Transportation Energy Data Book: Edition 23. 20
  • Transportation Is California’s Largest Source of CO2 15 21
  • AB 32: Mandatory Emissions Reductions 2050 Target 22
  • Impacts of Climate Change for LA Public Health & Air Quality – More Heatwave & Respiratory Illness, Diseases Rising tides & violent storms- LA/LB Climate Changes Ports 43% of US trade. Temperature Increase Sea Level and Violent Storms LAX- Precipitation World’s 5th Busiest Airport Patterns and Extremes Costs to protect/evacuate Forest Adjacent & Coastal Communities Sea Level Rise Reduced Water Supply, Quality & Increased Costs Source: Anne Grambsch, 1998 Increased Energy Supply costs/Stress on infrastructure Hardest on poor, minority residents, exacerbating existing economic & social inequalities. 23
  • Perhaps radical thinking is in order….. 15 24
  • This hints at the solution…… Least GHG Emissions Most 40% of all trips under 2 miles 61% under 5 miles 17-20% of adults would bike to work sometimes if it was safer Walking, Bicycling and Transit is the most sustainable form of transportation 25
  • And so does this…… 26
  • We need to break the dependency cycle… 27
  • The answer is smarter growth….. 40% of all trips under 2 miles 61% under 5 miles 17-20% of adults would bike to work sometimes if it was safer We need to get more vehicles off the roads and highways 28
  • Smarter Growth in Technology 40% of all trips under 2 miles 61% under 5 miles 17-20% of adults would bike to work sometimes if it was safer We need to invest in alternative fuels for personal, commercial, and industrial uses 29
  • Smarter Growth in Funding 40% of all trips under 2 miles 61% under 5 miles 17-20% of adults would bike to work sometimes if it was safer The federal funding trend that funds more for highways than public transit must reverse (Light Rail: $1.7 Billion vs. Highway: $40 Billion 30
  • Smarter Growth in Mobility 40% of all trips under 2 miles 61% under 5 miles 17-20% of adults would bike to work sometimes if it was safer We need to expand our existing public transit and goods movement corridors 31
  • Smarter Growth in Goods Movement We need to green our ports and invest in clean technology for goods movement (rail/truck) 32
  • Smarter Growth in Demand Management 40% of all trips under 2 miles 61% under 5 miles 17-20% of adults would bike to work sometimes if it was safer We need to consider potentially unpopular approaches, such as congestion pricing 33
  • Smarter Growth and Good Urban Design We need to plan and build our communities smarter by embracing pedestrian environments (walking, bikes, transit) with less parking and density near transit 34
  • Questions and Discussion “We stand here confronted by insurmountable opportunities” ---Walt Kelly--- 35